15 August 2014

Teachable Moments: Judge Not

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:30-32

Pride is something that I really struggle with. I was reminded of this tonight as I laid in my bed reading day 14 of the she reads truth "Sermon On The Mount" study. Tonight's reading was about not judging. And while being nonjudgmental is a strength of mine, I'm not perfect. Sometimes I can be really harsh on people when I think about them in my head. It's definitely not something I'm proud of (no pun intended). The problem is, not only is it unfair and wrong for me to judge someone for what they think or the way that they behave, but it can come out in the way that I treat that person. That is even worse.

While we do need to use judgement in life to make good decisions, that doesn't give us the authority to condemn others or treat them badly. Especially when we ourselves have been rescued from the condemnation that we place on others when we judge them. 

Sisters, when we're judging others we aren't doing what we are called to do, we aren't loving are neighbors, we aren't offering them grace. The same grace that sustains us. 

So next time you catch yourself thinking that your better than that girl or guy next to you, stop and remind yourself to show them love and grace.

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." Thomas Merton

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